‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement Launched by Dr Harsh Vardhan Gets Global Recognition

BRICS Ministerial on Environment Includes Green Good Deeds in its Official Agenda

Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by the Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, to protect environment and promote good living in the country, has found acceptance by the global community. The ongoing BRICS Ministerial on Environment at Durban, South Africa, has agreed to include “Green Good Deeds” in its official agenda in the next Ministerial in Brazil and another meeting in Russia”, Dr Harsh Vardhansaid.Reacting to the adoption of Green Good Deeds by BRICS Ministerial on Environment, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, international conferences on Environment had been deliberating and adopting declarations. However, he wondered how these declarations can be put to practice at the ground level, involving every section of the society. “Green Good Deeds” is an idea to take it to the people and get them involved,” the Minister added.

Earlier, in his opening remarks at the Ministerial, Dr Harsh Vardhan had urged the grouping to jointly work for developing a movement around Green Good Deeds.“In India, we are trying to develop a societal movement of Green Good Deeds, which are small positive actions to be performed by individuals or organisations to strengthen the cause of environmental protection,” Dr HarshVardhan had told  the gathering yesterday.

There was wide acceptance to the suggestion and acting Deputy Executive Director,UN Environment (UNEP) representative at the conclave, Mr. Jorge Laguna-Celis, lauded the initiative. Continue reading “‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement Launched by Dr Harsh Vardhan Gets Global Recognition”

JASHN- A LAVISH AFFAIRÉ raises the bar for South Asian Fashion Experience in Toronto!

By N. Balani

The Greater Toronto Area fashion world was rocked by this one of a kind event held over the weekend at the Red Rose Convention centre In Mississauga.

Fashion brain and former Femina Miss India, Liza Varma teamed up with locals Sharad Lall Mathur and Rajiv Malhotra, to bring together the best in fashion design, models and global expertise. Top gun fashionistas Anju Modi, Shyamal and Bhumika , Satya Paul, Pallavi Jaikishan, Vikas Makhija, Jainee, Prarena Grover and Mohey-Manyavar creations  from India along with Mississauga-based designer Diinesh Ramsay,  Arpan Vohra from the London fashion scene, Rozzy Surii- a familiar face in the Canadian Fashion weeks of Vancouver and Calgary- plus many more graced the spectacular event.

The three day fashion extravaganza opened with a beautiful gala evening filled with dance, music, food and entertainment keeping true to its name Jashn – meaning a celebration. Apart from the elegant runway shows, this splendid affair had exhibits by luxury wedding planners like Vogue Wedding Company and luxury jewellery brands Art Karat and Red Dot amongst many others showcasing their designs and services throughout the weekend.

This event, one of the first of its kind aims to bring in the world of South Asian designers not just for a fashion show but to further Indo-Canadian ties and meld fashion industry with global business opportunities.

As Designer Shyamal put it “the bridal collections we showcase brings India to the world in the form of craft or couture with sensibility to the Western world- it is a kind of fusion”. Continue reading “JASHN- A LAVISH AFFAIRÉ raises the bar for South Asian Fashion Experience in Toronto!”

GRAND HYATT KOCHI BOLGATTY OPENS IN KERALA, INDIA

The Destination Resort Marks the First Grand Hyatt Hotel in South India

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today the opening of Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, the third Grand Hyatt branded hotel in India. The 264-room luxury hotel is a waterfront urban resort situated in Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerala, known for its palm-lined beaches, backwaters and historic Spice Route in India. With its striking architecture, dramatic landscapes, opulent guestrooms and suites, dining destinations, and one of the largest event spaces in South India, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is expected to be an iconic destination for impressive views, unforgettable experiences and grand events in the city.

“We are delighted to introduce the Grand Hyatt brand to Kerala and grow our brand footprint in the region, said Sunjae Sharma, Hyatt’s vice president of operations for India. “Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is a spectacular destination resort setting a new standard for living grand in the city. Both inside and out, the hotel’s design, cuisine and grand experiences celebrate the hospitality of Kochi.

Designed by architects from Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo UK Limited, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is located near the historic and picturesque town of Fort Kochi. The resort is owned by Lulu Group International and is adjacent to the sprawling Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center, the largest in South India.

Together, the hotel and convention center offer an abundance of authentic experiences for guests, helping them create moments of more through several offerings, including:

Guestrooms

The hotel features 264 bold, luxurious guestrooms including 38 suites, comprised of 33 Grand Suites, four Executive Suites, and one Presidential Suite, as well as three two-bedroom villas and one three-bedroom villa. Continue reading “GRAND HYATT KOCHI BOLGATTY OPENS IN KERALA, INDIA”

Toronto School Board declares November “Hindu Heritage Month”

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Canada has resolved that month of November each year be declared as Hindu Heritage Month.

TDSB Trustees, in their April meeting, passed a motion which included: Hindu Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate and educate all our students and school communities about this ancient and spiritual way of life.

It also said: Canadians of Hindu faith have greatly contributed to civic life in Canada for decades, and are a vibrant part of the growth and prosperity of Toronto, Ontario and Canada.

The motion also stated: Hinduism (or Sanathana Dharma) encompasses a broad range of…contributions to learning through mathematics, astronomy and science, and well-being through health practices such as yoga, meditation and a vegetarian diet.

Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.1 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

TDSB serves approximately 246,000 students in nearly 600 schools, besides over 140,000 life-long learners. Over 120 languages are spoken by TDSB students and their families. Dr. John Malloy and Robin Pilkey are Director and Trustees Chair respectively. Continue reading “Toronto School Board declares November “Hindu Heritage Month””

JW Marriott and FOOD & WINE Announce Full Lineup of Star-Studded Talent for Venice Food & Wine Festival

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and FOOD & WINE are thrilled to announce the addition of notable talent for the inaugural Venice Food & Wine Festival, including award-winning singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé, who will headline the festival’s grand finale concert. Culinary legends, Michelin-starred Chef Missy Robbins, food artist, baker and owner of Flour Shop Amirah Kassem, and Chef and Food Stylist Camille Becerra, have also joined the impressive roster of celebrated and established epicureans.

Tickets are available to the highly-anticipated Venice Food & Wine Festival, which will take place at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa from May 3-6. Hosted by FOOD & WINE Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis, the festival will join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, and epicurean insiders for a spectacular three-day weekend showcasing the finest Italian cuisines, wines, and spirits, with a focus on local Veneto traditions and the magnetism of the Venetian islands. Guests will have personal access to internationally-celebrated chefs and wine and spirits experts including:

  • Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Perbellini and chef Federico Belluco of JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa’s Michelin-starred Dopolavoro restaurant
  • James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef, author, restaurateur and 2004 FOOD & WINE Best New Chef Scott Conant
  • Michelin-starred chef and owner of Lilia Missy Robbins
  • Food artist, baker and owner of Flour Shop Amirah Kassem
  • 2002 FOOD & WINE Best New Chef and James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi
  • James Beard Award-winning chef Jonathan Waxman
  • Chef and food stylist Camille Becerra Continue reading “JW Marriott and FOOD & WINE Announce Full Lineup of Star-Studded Talent for Venice Food & Wine Festival”

The Chevrolet Bolt was named Overall Winner of the 2018 Canadian Green Car Award

During this past weekend’s Green Living Show, The Chevrolet Bolt was  named Overall Winner of the 2018 Canadian Green Car Award.

The Chevrolet Bolt was also named Overall Winner in 2017, marking the first time in the Award’s six-year history that a vehicle has won back to back.
A panel of 12 top Canadian automotive journalists selected the Bolt, a groundbreaking electric vehicle with a 383-kilometre range, from among four category winners as the vehicle that best combines environmental benefits and mass-market appeal.

“Chevrolet is honoured to accept the Canadian Green Car Award for the third consecutive year”, said Ester Bucci, brand, product and technology communications manager at Chevrolet Canada. “This award reinforces Chevrolet’s commitment to offering an affordable, world-changing vehicle that delivers on the promise of an electric car for the masses. Chevrolet is dedicated to continued innovation in electrification, that will bring the thrill of driving an electric vehicle to many more Canadians.”

The Chevrolet Volt was named overall winner in 2016.  Other previous overall winners include the Kia Soul EV (2015), the Honda Accord Hybrid (2014) and the Ford Fusion Hybrid (2013).

For this year’s Canadian Green Car Award, the Bolt had won the Zero Emissions category, in an earlier selection round, after extensive testing and assessments by the judges.

The category winners include:

1. Zero Emission                                                           –  Chevrolet Bolt
2. Plug-in Hybrid                                                           –  Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
3. Conventional Hybrid                                                  – Hyundai Ioniq
4. Efficient Internal Combustion                                    – Honda Civic

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Junior: big thoughts for growing minds

A new international children’s festival
 Harbourfront Centre, one of Canada’s leading presenters of contemporary arts and culture, is proud to announce Junior, a new international children’s festival that takes on the challenging questions facing youth today. Featuring Canadian premieres, acclaimed performances from as far away as Australia and Norway, to as near as Quebec and the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake, Junior is the perfect opportunity for youth to explore identity, growth, belonging and transformation.
Junior, which takes over the waterfront campus from May 19 to 25, offers children and their families an opportunity to experience original and inspiring performances through productions that redefine children’s cultural programming. Juniorbrings together performers and artists from around the world and across Canada under a core programming vision that not only entertains but also invites audiences to explore evocative themes ranging through identity, difference, growth, loss and transformation.
“Harbourfront Centre has always been the setting for relevant artistic, cultural, educational and recreational experiences,” says Marah Braye, Chief Executive Officer, Harbourfront Centre, “We have a tradition of programming and fostering innovative creative expression in all artistic disciplines; naturally, that commitment applies to how we encourage children to experience and be inspired by theatre.”
“Kids have big thoughts. Who am I? Where do I fit in? And what do I stand for?” adds Junior Curator Mary Francis Moore. “We have carefully curated a week of performances with one thing in common – big thoughts for growing minds. Junioroffers young people and their families the chance to experience the arts from around the corner and around the world that explore these questions”. Continue reading “Junior: big thoughts for growing minds”

Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids

Aga Khan Museum Opens Landmark Exhibition on One of the Muslim World’s Greatest Civilizations

Say “Cairo” and people envision King Tut, the pyramids at Giza, and the Arab Spring. But there’s another equally dramatic and forgotten tale. It is the story of the Fatimids. They built Cairo as the centre of their empire and their pluralistic society flourished from the late 10th-century to the mid-12th-century, stretching from North Africa to Iran to Sicily. 

 Opened March 10, 2018 at the Aga Khan Museum, “The World of the Fatimids,” is an exhibition that showcases the extraordinary Fatimid imprint on Sicily’s culture and explores Iranian connection through a wealth of objets d’art. Travel back in time and meet the Fatimids. They built the world’s one of the oldest university, great libraries, and are known for their spectacular architecture, including ornamented domes that still stand today.

The World of the Fatimids, opening March 10, 2018, sheds light on one of history’s most intriguing and vibrant civilizations, which at its height in the 10th and 11th centuries influenced thought and life throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, and the Near East. Luminous ceramics, intricate carvings shaped from rock crystal, and artifacts decorated with Kufic calligraphy and embellished with vines and leaves are some of the luxury objects in this exhibition. All bear witness to a remarkable dynasty that fostered the arts and the sciences, yet is
little known in North America.

“We know from accounts of the time that Fatimid art and architecture was glorious,” says Henry Kim, Aga Khan Museum Director and CEO. “Most of it has vanished over the ages, so in bringing together objects from many international collections, Continue reading “Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids”

West Virginia University offering free yoga classes to reduce students’ stress

West Virginia University (WVU), a public research-intensive university in Morgantown, is offering free yoga and meditation classes to reduce the increasing stress experienced by students; and are urging all US universities/colleges to offer such free yoga-meditation programs.

“Yoga and meditation have been proven to reduce stress levels, help with academic performance, and promote overall emotional and physical well-being”, the WVU announcement says. Classes being offered include Body Flow, Guided Meditation, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. The University will also provide yoga mats, meditation cushions, and chairs at no charge.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.

Founded in 1867, WVU offers 340+ majors and has been ranked “among the top 1.5% of universities in the world”. Its students come from 107 countries and all 50 US states. E. Gordon Gee and William D. Wilmoth are the President and Board Chairman respectively. Shannon Foster is Interim Director of WELLWVU, whose mission includes “to foster the complete well being of our students”.

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ANOKHI AWARDS 2017 HONOURED THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA

HOTSTAR PRESENTS THE ANOKHI AWARDS 2017  AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA IN TORONTO TO COMMEMORATE 14 YEARS OF THE BRAND

 ‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017’ rolled out the red carpet to welcome some of the world’s most renowned names in the areas of business, media, entertainment, crusader, and glamour, at Toronto’s historic Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, on Tuesday November 28th.

The evening began with a sizzling red carpet reception with over 30 celebrities and personalities making the fateful walk down a 36 foot red carpet, which included ANOKHI Pulse Tv’s famous gold couch lounge against the backdrop of music by DJ Fizza. This was followed by a 2.5-hour auditorium style awards-fashion-entertainment show with 18 awards honours, 4 live musical performances, and a first of its kind fashion runway show, and hosted by 6 prominent personalities in media and entertainment.

The master of ceremonies, actor, comedian, and CBC radio host, Ali Hassan opened the show with a comedic monologue followed by ANOKHI MEDIA’s CEO and brand ambassador’s opening remarks that highlighted this year as the awards show’s 10th year that saw a record breaking nominations for Canadian South Asians. Continue reading “ANOKHI AWARDS 2017 HONOURED THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA”